Recognition vs Appreciation - What's the difference?

recognition | appreciation |

As nouns the difference between recognition and appreciation

is that recognition is the act of recognizing or the condition of being recognized while appreciation is a just valuation or estimate of merit, worth, weight, etc; recognition of excellence.




  • the act of recognizing or the condition of being recognized
  • He looked at her for ten full minutes before recognition dawned.
  • * 1900 , , The House Behind the Cedars , Chapter I,
  • Warwick observed, as they passed through the respectable quarter, that few people who met the girl greeted her, and that some others whom she passed at gates or doorways gave her no sign of recognition ; from which he inferred that she was possibly a visitor in the town and not well acquainted.
  • an awareness that something observed has been observed before
  • acceptance as valid or true
  • The law was a recognition of their civil rights.
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  • With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get
  • official acceptance of the status of a new government by that of another country
  • honour, favourable note, or attention
  • The charity gained plenty of recognition for its efforts, but little money.

    Derived terms

    * character recognition * OCR / optical character recognition * speech recognition * voice recognition

    See also

    * ("recognition" on Wikipedia) * identification *




  • A just valuation or estimate of merit, worth, weight, etc.; recognition of excellence.
  • * 2014 , Ian Jack, " Is this the end of Britishness", The Guardian , 16 September 2014:
  • The English, until relatively recently, seem to have imagined “English” and “British” to be interchangeable, as if Britain was just a bigger England. Our dualism gave us a better appreciation of the nation-state we lived in, though if Britain was a “nation” as well as a “state”, where did that leave Scotland?
  • Accurate perception; true estimation; as, an appreciation of the difficulties before us; an appreciation of colors.
  • His foreboding showed his appreciation of Henry's character. —J. R. Green.
  • A rise in value;—opposed to depreciation.